Cinema St. Louis (CSL)

Killing Eleanor with The Roommates

Expired November 23, 2020 5:59 AM
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Recently out of another stint in rehab, Natalie (Annika Marks) is hiding her persistent painkiller habit while living back at home and working for her mom (Jane Kaczmarek, “Malcolm in the Middle”) on the condition she’s clean. When Eleanor (Jenny O’Hara), a terminally ill old woman, sneaks out of her nursing home and surprises Natalie with a longforgotten IOU, her repayment request is shocking — she wants Natalie to help her die. Natalie dismisses Eleanor, but after a family intervention — led by her Type A sister, Anya (Betsy Brandt, “Breaking Bad”) — she needs to get her hands on clean urine. So the two strike a deal: Eleanor will pee in a cup, and Natalie will help kill her. Their right-to-die odyssey is filled with complications as Eleanor’s past and Natalie’s lies catch up with them. But, ultimately, helping Eleanor die with dignity might just teach Natalie to live with dignity.

New Filmmakers Forum sponsored by Barry & Jackie Albrecht and Pat Scallet.

Sponsored by AARP in St. Louis.

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    106 minutes
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    Rich Newey